UN Secretary-General António Guterres mentioned at World Cities Day on 311 October 2019 that more than half the world’s population now lives in urban areas and two-thirds will do so by 2050. Cities consume more than two-thirds of the world’s energy, and account for more than 70% of global carbon dioxide emissions.
Three ministers, from China, Japan, and Korea, agreed to conduct a joint research project towards decarbonisation at COP22, and then the Environmental Ministers of the three countries agreed on launching the “Joint Research on Cities towards Decarbonisation and Sustainable Development” in the Joint Communiqué at the 20th Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among China, Japan and Korea (TEMM20), held in June 2018 in Suzhou, China.
The National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) in China, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Japan, the Korea Environment Institute (KEI) in Korea, jointly organised side events at COP23 and COP24, and discussed how to develop research frameworks and outputs for cities towards decarbonisation and sustainable development.
This COP25 side event will share the latest research activities, such as the “city climate action plan” and “good practices on cities towards decarbonisation and sustainable development” in several cities in China, Japan, and Korea.
- Dr. Xu Huaqing, Director General, NCSC
- Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President, IGES
- Dr. Junichi Fujino, Principal Researcher, IGES
- Dr. Sang-In Kang, Chief Research Fellow, KEI
- Dr. Yang Xiu, Senior Researcher, NCSC
- Dr. Je Yong Yoon, President, KEI